Proprioception and balance - climbing a slope backwards

44 years old patient with weakness in his left leg due to Spinal Disc Herniation


1. Patient was asked to climb the slope backwards. In addition to the practice of different muscles, walking backwards challenges the patient's balance, as he cannot see. Patient needs to use his proprioception in order to stay balanced.


2. Patient takes small steps and shorter stance time on his left leg, probably due to his weakness and the intense contraction of the quads. In addition, when going down, patient's left knee collapses, which indicates quad weakness and explains the walking pattern.


3. As the slope gets steeper the abnormal walking pattern is emphasized.


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